Monday, March 14, 2005

Gollancz and Viz strike deal for U.K. manga

The Book Standard passes along word that U.K. publisher Gollancz, part of the Orion Publishing Group, has launched a manga imprint through a deal with Viz.

The imprint, Gollancz Manga, will publish four of Viz's series --
Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Case Closed and Fushigi Yugi -- in the U.K. beginning in August. They will be priced at £4.99 each.

According to Gollancz, this is the first deal of its kind in the U.K., where manga previously had been available only as "expensive imports from specialist outlets."